Skipper Cadden lauds ‘brilliant’ cup win

Chris Cadden celebrates with Robbie Leitch after Leitch had scored the fourth goal (Pic by Alan Watson)
Chris Cadden celebrates with Robbie Leitch after Leitch had scored the fourth goal (Pic by Alan Watson)

At the tender age of 19, triumphant Motherwell under-20s skipper Chris Cadden is already getting used to winning trophies.

One year on from winning the League Two title when on loan at Albion Rovers, Cadden scored as he led the ’Well kids to an emphatic 5-2 youth cup final victory over Hearts.

“It was brilliant,” Chris said.

“I loved it. The boys were absolutely tremendous scoring five goals in the final.

“In the first half I felt the boys didn’t play as well as we could but we came in 2-1 up which we’ll take.

“But I loved every minute of it and the boys deserved it.

“My career is off to a good start and hopefully it will be more of the same for the next couple of seasons.”

Cadden, who is signed up at Motherwell until summer 2018, said that the youth victory would give the whole club a huge lift.

“It is absolutely massive,” he said.

“Motherwell last won something in 1991 (the senior Scottish Cup) and this latest win shows that the coaches – all the way from under-nines up to under-20s – are doing their job and we are the best 20s team in the country.

“It’s good for the fans to see that we’ve got some good young players coming through. There is a lot of talent in that dressing room.”

Cadden praised the Well Bois for creating a fantastic atmosphere during the Hampden humbling of Hearts.

“The fans were absolutely tremendous today,” he said.

“The Well Bois came out in force with their drum and it was absolutely brilliant.

“It gives you a wee bit of a lift to play in the national stadium with the fans behind you.

“I can’t really think about how it would get much better than that.”

Cadds said he was now focused on helping ’Well’s senior team finish fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

“We want to finish as high as possible and for me personally I want to get as many minutes under my belt as possible in the first team.

“Hopefully we can go for Europe next season.”